At the tender age of 5, Mark Gentile’s mother took him to attend a live television children’s program at KGUN-TV in Tuscon Arizona. It was on that day, Mark decided he would spend his entire life in the industry of television.
Fast forward to today and a distinguished television career highlighted by 5 Emmy awards and 21 Emmy nominations. For more than 20 years, Mark’s experience has included directing, producing, and creating television programs that include sketch comedy, talk, music, variety, documentaries, game shows and news.
For 17 years, Mark was the director of The View on ABC-TV and won 3 Emmy awards for directing the program while being nominated 17 times.
In addition to directing, Mark was responsible for producing all musical performances on the program while working on a regular basis with all the contemporary talents in the music world.
Mark has won 2 Emmy awards as director of the original prime time version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with Regis Philbin. His work on the program continued when he coordinated the launch of the syndicated version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and continued in the capacity of consulting producer for the first year of the program. Also Mark served as consulting producer and director for the ABC prime time series “Super Millionaire”
Mark has directed multiple prime time game shows including, “Million Dollar Password”, “Power of 10” and “Play For A Billion”.
As a consultant, Mark has worked with the Fox Sports One Network; “Fox NFL Sunday; National Geographic Geography Bee”; “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”; and poker programing including, “Mansion Poker Dome”, “Million Dollar Challenge”, and “The Big Game”.
In the area of comedy, Mark was the principal studio director of “The State” – MTV, “Viva Variety”- Comedy Central and the “ABC Late Night Television Workshop”.
Mark’s company, “Triad Television” previously played a major role in the producing of programming for the daytime lineup of lifetime television. These programs included “The Main Ingredient”; “Handmade by Design”; “Biggers and Sommers”; “Live From Queens” and “Late Date with Sari”.
Mark also directed the series “National Geographic Explorer”. Which included the first prime time special produced on Cirque du Soleil.